swelling

noun swell·ing \ ˈswe-liŋ \
Updated on: 25 May 2018

Definition of swelling

1 : something that is swollen; specifically : an abnormal bodily protuberance or localized enlargement
2 : the condition of being swollen

Examples of swelling in a Sentence

  1. There was a swelling above her eye.

  2. The swelling around her eye should subside in a few days.

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First Known Use of swelling

before 12th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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swelling Synonyms


SWELLING Defined for English Language Learners

swelling

Definition of swelling for English Language Learners

  • : an area on someone's body that is larger than normal because of an illness or injury

  • : the condition of being larger than normal


SWELLING Defined for Kids

swelling

noun swell·ing \ ˈswe-liŋ \

Definition of swelling for Students

: a swollen lump or part

Medical Dictionary

swelling

noun swell·ing \ ˈswel-iŋ- \

medical Definition of swelling

: an abnormal bodily protuberance or localized enlargement
  • an inflammatory swelling


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